10 lessons I learned about online learning by running an online conference

The conference is dead! Long live the conference! When we “volunteered” to organise the 2020 Bioscience Education Summit, there were grand plans to bring the learning and teaching community to Sheffield for a joint conference between the cities two Universities. COVID-19 changed our plans, the conference moved online, and we delivered two days of content to an international audience from our offices, spare rooms and … Continue reading 10 lessons I learned about online learning by running an online conference

Lessons from the Young Life Scientists’ symposium

One of the driving forces behind us organising NEB2019, was a lack of alternative meetings focused on our research topic. Whilst it can be interesting to broaden your horizons at conferences, sometimes you just long to settle into a set of talks that are directly relevant to your own research. Continue reading Lessons from the Young Life Scientists’ symposium

How to Organise a Symposium

Despite attending many conferences during our time in academia, the work that goes into organising these events remained a mystery. When the call for proposals for the Young Life Scientists’ (YLS) symposium came out, we thought it would be a great opportunity to see things from the other side. After all, how hard can it be to organise a one-day symposium?! Continue reading How to Organise a Symposium

Biometricians vs Mendelians: What a century old debate ago can teach researchers today

There is a historical precedent for major scientific advances that have come from those who have not necessarily followed the traditional academic route for their field. The field of genetics has been no exception to this phenomenon, from its conception by a particularly tenacious Augustinian monk to the somewhat less well-known story of a certain English public school teacher, Ronald Fisher. Continue reading Biometricians vs Mendelians: What a century old debate ago can teach researchers today